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The challenger: Mark Kelly launches new mission of political discovery

The odds Martha McSally will lose two Senate races in two years shortened bigly when Mark Kelly announced his challenge to her seat in a video — but her fate is in no way sealed.... Read more»1

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SaddleBrooke Republicans censure McCain, Flake for 'abandoning' Trump

A group of GOPers north of Tucson has censured Arizona's pair of U.S. senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake. The elected Republicans have "continued to attack" President Trump, the SaddleBrooke group said, noting McCain's vote against the bill that would have repealed Obamacare and Flake's stance on trade with Cuba.... Read more»1

In opening campaign salvo, Flake book says GOP has ‘lost its way’

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake is calling for a return to “traditional conservatism” in a book — "Conscience of a Conservative," an allusion to the Barry Goldwater book of the same name — that says the Republican Party has lost its way, the opening salvo in what could be a tough re-election campaign.... Read more»

Flake likely to face challenges from all sides, vows to be ready

Sen. Jeff Flake begins the 2018 election cycle with $580,000 in the bank, a history of disagreeing with President Trump – and a target on his back. With almost two years until midterm elections, experts say Flake can expect serious opposition in his re-election bid from Republican and Democratic challengers alike.... Read more»

Trump's call for flood of poll watchers could disrupt some voting sites

In all but four states, private citizens can challenge someone’s right to cast a ballot on or before Election Day. In most places, the burden of proof then falls on the voter. Experience suggests a wave of partisan poll watchers could create confusion and discourage people who have a right to cast ballots.... Read more»

John McCain running for sixth term

U.S. Sen. John McCain confirmed Monday night TucsonSentinel.com's earlier report that he is making a bid for a sixth term. "I have decided to run," McCain, 78, told NBC News in an interview. The Republican will announce his campaign at a Chamber of Commerce lunch in Phoenix on Tuesday.... Read more»2

Would Douglas’ stand against Common Core doom the standards?

If her current lead holds, Arizona will elect as superintendent of public instruction a Tea Party Republican who has made eliminating the state’s version of the Common Core central to her campaign. Diane Douglas’ stance on the standards has aroused concerns among education advocates and contributed to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s decision to endorse Democrat David Garcia.... Read more»1

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

The Martha McSally Show

Good ole Martha McSally is at it again. With a makeover and a snazzy new advertising campaign, she's setting her eyes on Ron Barber once more.... Read more»1

'Pro-troop' charity misleads donors, gives money to Tea Party

Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops. But its assets have been used to benefit political consulting firms and PACs, and its appeals often rely on images and stories borrowed without permission.... Read more»

Tea Party conservatives win top Texas GOP runoffs

Tea Party-backed candidate state Sen. Dan Patrick became the Republican candidate for Texas lieutenant governor on Tuesday, soundly defeating three-time incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a bitterly fought runoff election. ... Read more»

GOP civil war rages in Senate primary battles

Conservative groups spent $10 million bashing Republican candidates so far this year. ... Read more»

Super PAC leaders score perks from political donations

The People’s Majority super PAC advertises itself with lofty goals. “We are the only super PAC dedicated to the research, development and enhancement of motivating conservatives to the polls,” it proclaims on its website. “No dinners, no pictures with VIPs, no shirts or yard signs here. People's Majority uses every penny of your contribution to identify and motivate low-turnout voters on Election Day.” Well, not every penny. ... Read more»

Dark money man: How Sean Noble moved Koch cash and made millions

For a brief, giddy moment, Sean Noble—a little-known former aide to an Arizona congressman—became one of the most important people in American politics. Plucked from obscurity by libertarian billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, Noble was tasked with distributing a torrent of political money raised by the Koch network, a complex web of nonprofits nicknamed the Kochtopus, into conservative causes in the 2010 and 2012 elections.... Read more»

Democrats' super PAC cavalry

Democrats are fully embracing the independent political money groups they once derided in an effort to retain the Senate this year.... Read more»

Guest opinion

OpEd: Brewer makes case that her team can't govern

Gov. Jan Brewer painted a rosy and self-congratulatory picture of Arizona's economic recovery in Monday's State of the State address. But facts and research show that progress in Arizona is being impeded by Tea Party conservatives in the Legislature and Brewer's inability to lead. Here are the Top 10 state government fails of 2013:... Read more»1

Analysis

Hart: Tea Party is anything but business' cup of tea

At the national level, the country seems to have averted an economic cataclysm – for now. Politicians and pundits are busy dissecting the course of the drama that cost the U.S. economy an estimated $24 billion, and only ended with the Republican Party's acceptance of a deal with President Obama. But to truly understand the Republican Party's last-minute conversion to, um, moderation, one need only look to Arizona. ... Read more»

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